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Messerschmitt Me 262 B-1a/U1

December 26, 2013 in Aviation

This is the Trumpeter 1/32 version of the Me 262 nightfighter. Rather than the modelling-standard of mottled camo, I wanted to replicate the in-theatre, brush-applied version, often seen in late-war photos (similar example in archive photo below).

This is an excellent kit, and while there are available any number of aftermarket items for it, the only thing I added were the belts since the Trumpeter belts are a hard, thick brass that don’t settle easily even after annealing.

Although displayed here as a ‘speciman build’, my intention was always to use it in a wreck diorama, hence some of the particular paint distress. Other acts of random thuggery will be visited on the airframe in due course

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10 responses to Messerschmitt Me 262 B-1a/U1

  1. Great job Rob. The War Memorial museum in Saxonwold Johannesburg South Africa, has an example of the real McCoy, a two seater night fighter 262, one of a number of war booty aircraft handed over to the RSA after the war. I havent visited the Museum for a number of years now, but from what I do remember, your model is bang on, instantly bought back memories!

  2. A great build there Rob.
    Some people forget that a lot of camoflague was hand/brush painted in the field.
    Well done sir.

  3. that’s a beautiful project

  4. Nice clean build, weathering and all!

  5. Rob,
    This is beautiful. You did a masterful touch with the camouflage. I love your attention to the minor details makes this model all the more impressive. Outstanding workmanship.

  6. As mentioned on a post above, here is the link to the South African Johannesberg War Museum:

  7. It’s a very well detailed model, Rob, really set off by the camouflage and finish. How did you apply the camouflage?

    • Two tone spray application (uppers), with freehand brush work on camo daubs. I then used graphite powder on a soft cloth and buffed the surfaces to create a dull metallic look of distressed paint/metal. Testors Dullcote overall.

  8. Rob, Fantastic job all around on your Me 262 Nacht Jaeger!

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